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Food Truck Halloween Foodtacular

Food trucks get frightful -- but yummy -- in Orange County.

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    © Jochem Wijnands
    The OC Fair Wednesday night food truck gathering goes Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

    IT HAD TO HAPPEN: So deliciously pervasive are food trucks -- we added "deliciously" there because sometimes "pervasive" has a negative connotation, and we happen to think the fact that the food truck phenomenon continues to grow to be a wonderful thing -- that they've begun to be a part of our holidays. And while we sit and wait for the first fully traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas feast to be made by a single food truck -- please, you totally know that coming -- we can revel in the fact that those four-wheeled restaurants will be joining the Halloween scene. Nope, they won't be driving around handing out candy -- well, actually, there will be handing out candy, in addition to cooking up whatever they cook up -- but they will be parking at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa for a Halloween Foodtactular. (Add "-tacular" onto any word and we'll probably be an immediate booster.) 

    FRIGHTFUL FOOD OPTIONS: Food trucks are wont to park at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds on Wednesday nights -- it is kind of a thing, now -- but come Oct. 31, which just happens to be on a Wednesday this year, the revelry will take on a scary bent. A DJ and cash bar will be on the grounds, and "family friendly" costumes are welcome. And there is, wait for it, "truck-to-truck trick-or-treating." Please. That's just fun to type, and we'll bet that most people have never trick-or-treated among food trucks. If you're looking for a low-cost Halloween night alternative, with eats that are both sugary and not, Costa Mesa's your spot. And the not-scariest part of it all? Free admission and parking.

    Now, food truck owners: How about that full Thanksgiving dinner? Got that in the works?